Blame Trump, Courts, Congress and America – But Don’t Blame Obamacare

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Obamacare’s Limited Enrollment Hurts People (Real Life, Real Pain) (OCTS original reporting)
http://0363930.netsolhost.com/WordPress/2018/06/17/obamacares-limited-enrollment-hurts-people-real-life-real-pain/

Court rules against insurers claiming feds obligated to pay them $8 billion in ACA risk corridor subsidies; Congress repealed the appropriations; insurers weighing options, separate suit proceeding
https://www.wsj.com/articles/appeals-court-rules-against-insurer-moda-health-over-aca-payments-1528989913

District of Columbia Obamacare insurers seeking 15% rate hikes
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/healthcare/d-c-obamacare-insurers-seek-double-digit-premium-hikes-minnesota-expects-drop

Study blaming Trump for Obamacare price increases turns a blind eye to price spikes from the very beginning; “The Trump administration didn’t sabotage Obamacare. Obamacare sabotaged itself.”
https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/06/12/3-problems-with-the-lefts-new-favorite-study-on-obamacare-rates/

New Jersey becomes second state to impose its own individual mandate; already outlaws low-cost short-term insurance, hitting the lower end of the income scale with a double whammy
http://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/392070-new-jerseys-disastrous-decision-to-resurrect-obamacares-individual-mandate

State individual mandate falls disproportionately on lower income folks, drives young people away from Vermont
http://www.manchesterjournal.com/stories/health-insurance-mandate-a-step-backward-for-vermont-health-care,542082

Obamacare bites another cry-baby supporter; blames America instead of Obama and the Democrats. Tweeter: “we warned you”
https://twitchy.com/sarahd-313035/2018/06/11/fu-america-daily-beast-editor-who-gloated-over-obamacare-now-bawling-over-medical-bills/

Obamacare anti-conscience contraception mandate goes down in flames AGAIN – this time at colleges in Iowa and Michigan
http://www.lifenews.com/2018/06/13/judge-says-obama-hhs-mandate-cant-force-christian-colleges-to-pay-for-abortion-drugs/

Study finds more than half of Obamacare enrollees in California drop coverage during the year and many are gaming the system just to cover big expenses. #ItsNotWorking
http://www.nber.org/papers/w24668

Medicaid expansion will blow up in Virginia just like it has everywhere else; state’s new provider tax raises the cost of healthcare on everyone
https://www.watchdog.org/virginia/critics-virginia-medicaid-expansion-a-mess-will-lead-to-runaway/article_5564f018-6d72-11e8-9ff3-dbf473dbae95.html

North Carolina holding firm against Medicaid expansion; state Senate nixes cost study
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article213135734.html

Trump boom to give temporary reprieve to state Medicaid spending increases, but long term disaster looms
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/healthcare/state-spending-on-medicaid-expected-to-significantly-slow-in-short-term

Medicaid expansion supporters don’t put their money where their mouth is, don’t pony up themselves to pay for medical care for the poor. Instead, they make you and I do it.
https://idahofreedom.org/medicaid-expansion-proponents-havent-helped-the-poor/

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis) –
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– legalize true catastrophic insurance
– return Medicaid to a poverty program

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

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Obamacare’s Limited Enrollment Hurts People (Real Life, Real Pain)

From a benefits consultant in Kansas –

Widow with 2 young children trying to sort out life. Humana dropped her plan last fall. Helped her sign up for a plan in Exchange with subsidy. She was given until mid May to verify income. Carrier wouldn’t do direct deposit until income verified. With all her issues the May payment was missed and she forgot to turn in verification of income due to sporadic part time job and unsure of future income. Yes, she missed the deadline. It happens. Carrier said her policy was dropped end of April. Marketplace says she must wait until January 1st for next plan can start. No other plans available but STM [short-term medical] with limited coverage. She must reapply every 3 months. There is an annual lifetime max limit, or Christian sharing plans. She chose CSM.

Before ACA, I would have told her we can just apply with another carrier to start in the next couple of days at a low premium. We have no limited enrollment for auto and home owners’ insurance. People don’t get this at all. This is a daily struggle for folks and my phone rings off the hook for help. Most common complaint? I missed the deadline.

Beverly Gossage

President

HSA Benefits Consulting

Senior Fellow for IWV

Past President and current Legislative Chair GKCAHU

www.hsabenefitsconsulting.com
Eudora, KS
913-207-6141
Individual and Group health and life insurance plans, Medicare, Disability, Critical Illness, Accident

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More Constitutional Questions Swirl Around Obamacare

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Justice Department refuses to defend Obamacare in court, argues preexisting condition and community rating provisions unconstitutional
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/391292-justice-dept-argues-key-parts-of-obamacare-are-unconstitutional?userid=29674

Maine Governor appeals court order to start Medicaid expansion, argues implementation without legislative appropriation violates separation of powers
http://www.capitalgazette.com/sns-bc-me–maine-medicaid-20180607-story.html

Plaintiffs in latest court challenge to Obamacare are self-employed who feel compelled to buy costly insurance that doesn’t fit their needs
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/04/texas-plaintiffs-personalize-uphill-legal-challenge-to-overturn-obamacare-580506

Scandal-ridden Serco gets $900M Obamacare contract. #DejaVuAllOverAgain https://www.standard.co.uk/business/serco-in-900m-contract-win-for-obamacare-a3856516.html

New York Obamacare insurer wants 39% price hike next year
https://www.syracuse.com/health/index.ssf/2018/06/why_central_new_yorks_biggest_obamacare_insurer_wants_whopping_39_percent_rate_h.html

Average 19% Obamacare price increase sought in Washington State for 2019
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/healthcare/obamacare-plans-ask-for-19-percent-increase-in-washington-state

Obamacare rates in Pennsylvania to rise more than inflation
http://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2018/06/05/pennsylvania-obamacare-rate-requests-surprising-low-jessica-altman-insurance-department/stories/201806050122

ER visits spiked almost 10% in California after implementation of Obamacare. #TheyWereWrongAboutEverything
https://www.healthexec.com/topics/policy/ed-visits-california-jump-99-after-implementation-aca

Stanford researchers find evidence of ‘gaming’ in Obamacare – enrollees strategically dropping in and out of coverage to avoid big expenses. #StupidLaw
https://news.stanford.edu/2018/06/04/high-attrition-rates-may-make-aca-health-insurance-markets-unstable/

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men – guaranteed issue, benefit mandates, exchange train wrecks, failed co-ops, subsidies – couldn’t put dumpy Obamacare back together again
http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/article_9a28b4b8-668e-11e8-a763-13bfd797df89.html

Obamacare: spiking premiums, disappearing choices – what’s not to like?
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jun/3/8-reasons-to-still-hate-obamacare/

Two more Christian schools defeat Obamacare abortifacient/contraception mandate
http://www.lifenews.com/2018/06/05/obama-hhs-abortion-mandate-suffers-another-defeat-cant-force-christian-colleges-to-fund-abortions/

Virginia to join Medicaid expansion states where the poor die on waiting lists while privileged able-bodied non-poor move to the front of the line
https://spectator.org/yes-virginia-medicaid-expansion-will-harm-the-poor/

Medicaid work requirements unrealistic: problems include lack of transportation, no high school diploma, poor health, seasonal work, no Internet access for online-only reporting
http://www.dailylocal.com/business/20180605/planning-ahead-medicaid-work-requirement-does-not-solve-the-problem
+ https://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/arkansas-pulls-the-trigger-on-nations-first-ever-medicaid-work-requirement
+ https://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2018/06/05/the-problem-s-with-arkansass-new-work-requirement-for-medicaid

$830 million Medicaid deficit looms in Oregon
https://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2018/06/06/how-oregon-health-leaders-plan-to-fill-a-looming.html

Medicaid expansion and its fiscal sinkhole fueling efforts to repeal Obamacare
https://www.bna.com/medicaid-expansion-hasten-n73014476239/

Even the Left knows that Medicaid condemns people to insurance denials and substandard care.  If you want more people on Medicaid, you’re crazy.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/06/opinion/medicaid-states.html?action=click&contentCollection=opinion&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis) –
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– legalize true catastrophic insurance
– return Medicaid to a poverty program

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

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Put Obamacare Out of its Misery

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BCBS VP: Obamacare prices will rise as much as 80% next year.
http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/389011-insurance-official-substantial-obamacare-premium-increases-coming

CBO: ACA benchmark silver plan to spike average 15% in 2019
http://myfox8.com/2018/05/24/obamacare-premiums-to-rise-an-average-of-15-next-year/

“Obamacare premiums in Florida could increase by nearly 17 percent next year.”
https://soundcloud.com/wlrn/504pm-obamacare-premiums-in-florida-could-increase-by-nearly-17-percent-next-year

Blame Obamacare’s forcing the individual market to bear the cost of pre-existing conditions – not Trump – for Obamacare prices tripling in 6 years
https://spectator.org/as-ocare-premiums-soar-dems-lie/

New Jersey becomes second state to impose Obamacare-type individual mandate on residents
https://www.politico.com/states/new-jersey/story/2018/05/30/new-jersey-becomes-second-state-to-adopt-individual-health-insurance-mandate-442183

ACA’s profit margin limitations backfire, raise healthcare costs.  Insurers happy to pay higher bills because can bake them into premiums. #TheyWereWrongAboutEverything
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/05/buried_lede_propublica_admits_obamacare_the_culprit_driving_insurance_costs_sky_high.html

Obamacare torpedoed retention rates in individual market; enrollees two-third’s more likely to drop coverage than before ACA became law.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2018/05/25/reality-check-obamacare-greatly-worsened-retention-rates-in-the-non-group-market/#5c005291d610

Escalating out-of-pocket maximums disqualify half of Obamacare plans from incorporating HSAs
https://www.heritage.org/health-care-reform/report/obamacares-cost-sharing-too-high-even-hsas?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiT1dKbE9ESmxZakkwWlRabCIsInQiOiIybGM4ZHBrUGdCYUxiUFJjUUxxSHVkQ2ppd0p3czdMN2lEZ2QzalRZRHNIc2pDM1ZvTlhCR0hCd3g4TTZnMWl6UVJld3lBM1JQTHJJRmRjUnFYRTRmakZwQm5BRHVYR1ozOFJuUlhsU3dCQ3pPUWpUQXZUXC9sUUpUQ3crd05Td2oifQ%3D%3D

California to eliminate hospitals from ACA network if don’t meet arbitrary goals. C-sections 23.9% – huh? #Rationing
https://spectator.org/california-to-ration-treatment-to-obamacare-patients/

Boosting short-term plans with guaranteed-renewal will save consumers 70% and keep people who develop expensive illnesses out of the ACA risk pool
https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-chance-to-overcome-obamacare-1527517284

Almost 12 million Americans are on welfare this year because of Obamacare.  Progressives view this as a triumph. No, it’s a tragedy and it’s unsustainable.
https://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/11/us/11-7-million-americans-have-insurance-under-health-act.html

‘Conservative’ work requirements backfire, enable Virginia to pass Medicaid expansion
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/why-the-trump-administration-made-it-easier-for-virginia-republicans-to-expand-medicaid/2018/05/31/6571c44a-64ee-11e8-a768-ed043e33f1dc_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.33cd32403bd8

Virginia Medicaid expansion already $47 million worse than advertised; legislators to return to statehouse to increase the Medicaid reimbursement rate
https://baconsrebellion.com/millions-more-for-medicaid-expansion-now-you-tell-us/

California Assembly passes bill to cover illegal immigrants on Medicaid; will cost billions; bill heads to state senate. #TheInsanityContinues
http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20180530/NEWS/180539991

Feds tinker with North Carolina’s Medicaid FMAP match rate, which blows $40 million hole in state budget. #MoreMedicaidQuicksand
http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2018/05/30/legislatures-budget-fails-to-properly-account-for-40-million-loss-in-federal-funds-for-medicaid/

“Report: Nearly 17 cents of each state revenue dollar goes to Medicaid, 4.5 cents more than 2000”. #Unsustainable
https://www.watchdog.org/national/report-nearly-cents-of-each-state-revenue-dollar-goes-to/article_9f54f2a4-5959-11e8-8d34-b7f678cbc8f0.html

Oklahoma in for more Medicaid cuts as fiscal woes deepen. #Unsustainable
http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/health/medicaid-cuts-could-force-most-oklahoma-nursing-homes-to-close/article_78a4045e-6377-523d-b75e-66c990224a12.html

Montana looking at cuts after Medicaid expansion throws state budget into the red. Expansionistas promised savings. What savings?
https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/health/hospitals-say-medicaid-cuts-add-to-unpaid-bills/article_16e96150-69ef-50db-a593-2ffadc305cff.html

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis) –
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– legalize true catastrophic insurance
– return Medicaid to a poverty program

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

 

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Pin the Hikes on the Donkey, not the Elephant

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– All the Bad News About Obamacare most Saturdays

Obamacare blew up long before Trump took office – individual market premiums doubled 2013-2017
https://nypost.com/2018/05/16/dems-in-denial-on-whats-driving-obamacare-premiums-through-the-roof/

ACA carriers in Oregon request price hikes up to 16%, 8 times the rate of inflation
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/healthcare/oregon-insurers-propose-modest-obamacare-rate-increases

Vermont Obamacare insurers ask for rate increases averaging up to 10.9%
http://ratereview.vermont.gov/sites/dfr/files/2018/2019%20Proposed%20VHC%20Insure%20Rates.pdf

Drop-off in number of Obamacare enrollees worse than previously thought.
https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/05/17/obamacare-is-shrinking-the-individual-health-insurance-market/

Healthy young people leaving Obamacare, leaving older sicker risk pool. None dare call it a death spiral.
http://www.newser.com/story/259268/obamacare-may-be-entering-a-death-spiral.html

The Left suddenly loves the term ‘death spiral’ now that they think they can blame Obamacare price hikes on Trump
https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/article/This-is-what-an-Obamacare-death-spiral-looks-like-12916830.php

Beware attempts to re-brand and resuscitate hated Obamacare individual mandate as a reduction in tax form standard deduction
http://thefederalist.com/2018/05/17/democrats-consider-reinstate-individual-mandate-different-name/

Separation of Powers – dismissal of appeal in Obamacare subsidy case leaves intact principle the executive can’t spend money Congress hasn’t appropriated
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/may/16/court-saga-over-obamacare-payments-reaches-end/

Obamacare was wrong to cut PSA tests and mammograms; cutting tests has led to later diagnoses and worse outcomes for breast and prostate cancer patients. #TheyWereWrongAboutEverything
https://www.westernjournal.com/dick-morris-more-breast-and-prostate-cancer-deaths-under-obamacare/

Nutritional labeling has actually led consumers to increase the calorie content of their meals in some instances. Way to go, Obamacare! #TheyWereWrongAboutEverything
https://therepublicanstandard.com/obamacares-nutritional-information/

Obamacare may be driving some self-employed back to jobs with employer coverage.  So much for playing the violin, Nancy. #TheyWereWrongAboutEverything
https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/05/17/obamacare-is-shrinking-the-individual-health-insurance-market/

ACA in a nutshell: “Our politicians did such a great job of taking care of the 10 percent that didn’t have medical insurance and ruining it for the other 90 percent.”
https://www.echopress.com/opinion/letters/4444130-letter-medical-insurance-gone-amuck

Massachusetts insurers blame Obamacare tax for big losses
https://www.bizjournals.com/boston/news/2018/05/15/states-biggest-health-insurance-firms-blame.html

Obamacare contraceptive mandate shot down by yet another court; can’t be enforced against 4 Christian universities in Oklahoma
http://www.lifenews.com/2018/05/16/obama-hhs-abortion-mandate-suffers-another-defeat-cant-force-christian-universities-to-fund-abortions/

CMS warns states it will not approve lifetime limits on Medicaid. #HotelCalifornia
http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/medicaid/387760-trump-administration-wont-approve-lifetime-limits-on-medicaid

Maine’s Governor defends against lawsuit by asking: how can we implement voter-approved Medicaid expansion if the legislature won’t appropriate the money for it?
https://www.pressherald.com/2018/05/17/gov-lepage-responds-to-medicaid-expansion-lawsuit-says-maine-doesnt-have-the-money/

Medicaid expansion will blow up in Virginia like it has everywhere else – cost overruns, attempts to cut back benefits, shoving the truly needy to the back of the line, etc.
http://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/387647-virginia-should-think-twice-about-joining-the-medicaid-expansion-mess

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis) –
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– legalize true catastrophic insurance
– return Medicaid to a poverty program

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

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More Price Hikes Coming

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– All the Bad News About Obamacare most Saturdays

More Obamacare price hikes coming – Virginia up to 64%, Maryland average 30%, rest of the country can expect the same.
http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/386294-obamacare-insurers-in-virginia-propose-major-premium-hikes-for-2019
+ https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2018/05/07/marylands-obamacare-insurers-request-30-percent-premium-hike-for-2019/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.790267d15e2b
+ http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/article210686554.html

Obamacare prices to jump 34% for benchmark plans, sparking $10 billion jump in cost of subsidies. #ItsNotWorking
https://www.axios.com/cbo-expects-aca-premiums-to-jump-34-percent-46b819a2-cce2-437f-bc16-4936dc5ddee0.html

What happened to all the brave talk about ACA premiums not going up and the market stabilizing next year?  Ha ha ha ha ha! #ItsStillNotWorking

Consensus reached: “ACA’s cost-containment mechanisms are failing, and the net effect of the law has been to make our national healthcare affordability problem worse than it was.”
https://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/charles-blahous/obamacare-making-natl-healthcare-affordability-worse-it-was

Blahous red pill: “the ACA is pushing our health costs upward.” So much for ‘bending the cost curve down.’ #FoolMeWithDazzlingRhetoric
https://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/charles-blahous/obamacare-making-natl-healthcare-affordability-worse-it-was

Short-term non-ACA plans can reduce number of uninsured by 1.7M, reduce premiums by 68%, and save federal taxpayers $686M.
https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20180503.17505/full/

Price advantage of short-term over ACA plans widens; “30-year-olds could pay 80 percent less for short-term plans than for bronze plans”
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/agilehealthinsurance-report-price-advantage-of-short-term-health-insurance-over-obamacare-widens-in-2018-300645021.html

Burdensome Obamacare calorie count rule goes into effect; pizza shops hope for reprieve.
https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/07/health/restaurant-calorie-count-partner/index.html

Trump rescission seeks to cut $800M from Obamacare innovation center
http://theweek.com/speedreads/771994/trump-asking-congress-claw-back-15-billion-from-childrens-health-obamacare

Obamacare’s fatal flaw: “trying to shoehorn people who are almost by definition uninsurable into the traditional insurance markets”
https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/05/obamacare-still-here-getting-worse-declaration-of-victory-premature/

Expanded association health plans could cut Obamacare enrollment 10%. Brick by brick, let’s tear Obamacare down.
http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20180511/NEWS/180519975

Farm bill seeks to boost agriculture-related association health plans, escape hatch from Obamacare.
https://khn.org/news/how-the-farm-bill-could-erode-part-of-the-aca/

Trump admin rejects lifetime limits on Medicaid in Kansas. #HotelCalifornia
http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/386497-trump-officials-reject-medicaid-lifetime-limits-in-kansas

Medicaid expansion goeth before the fall: Louisiana to close hospitals, cut Medicaid programs to the elderly and disabled to cope with billion-dollar budget disaster
https://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/05/louisiana_nursing_home_notices.html?__vfz=rtw_top_pages_mini%3D5043200015129

Another Medicaid expansion #ConJob – only 42,000 thought eligible in Alaska, but enrollment has soared past 200,000.
http://mustreadalaska.com/people-are-starving-because-of-medicaid-expansion/

California Dems seek to expand Medi-Cal to illegal alien adults. Enrolling quadruple the number of people expected under Medicaid expansion wasn’t enough, apparently.
http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article210645664.html

650,000 seriously injured and disabled languish on waiting lists because money getting diverted to childless able-bodied adults under Medicaid expansion. #GiantSuckingSound
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/05/10/obamacare-medicaid-expansion-hurts-people-with-disabilities-and-seriously-ill.html

Medicaid expansion depresses hospital operating margins. The problem: low reimbursement rates. Whodathunkit? #ToldYouSo
http://tucson.com/news/local/arizona-hospitals-see-operating-losses/article_2a7fb856-3ec7-5356-9388-583c72057d48.html

Medicaid expansion through state referendum? Sure, let the people vote themselves the treasury plus what we’re borrowing from the Chinese. What could possibly go wrong? #BreadAndCircuses

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis) –
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– legalize true catastrophic insurance
– return Medicaid to a poverty program

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

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Hooray for Short-Term Insurance!

Join us on Twitter:
– #SinglePayer most Mondays
– All the Bad News About Obamacare most Saturdays

Short-term insurance provides needed relief from Obamacare; longer terms and renewability would make it better still.
https://object.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/pubs/pdf/cannon-short-term-insurance-comment.pdf

Alabama joins 20-state coalition mounting latest constitutional challenge to Obamacare in court
http://www.timesdaily.com/news/state/alabama-joins-coalition-against-obamacare/article_c6511ae4-78a3-57ce-bfff-744a6adc140d.html

Trump admin plans to trim back rule requiring health providers and insurers to serve transgender people, striking a blow for getting rid of unnecessary coverage in Obamacare plans.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/21/us/politics/trump-transgender-health-care.html

Obamabot wakes up: “my premiums have shot through the roof. My deductibles have gone from $2,000 to $4,000 to $8,000 this year.”
http://www.fredericksburg.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/letter-paying-the-price-for-believing-in-obama/article_29e2dd38-c34f-5b93-97a0-ccfb057f8dc6.html

Obamacare community organizer runs away after being asked about the ‘keep your doctor’, ‘save $2,500’ lies.  They won’t answer tough questions because they can’t
http://dailycaller.com/2018/05/04/obamacare-star-wars-rally-simple-question/
Liked on Twitter by Michelle Malkin

Medicaid expansion dead for the year in Kansas
http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article210151564.html

Kansas Medicaid hits the wall, seeks to impose a three-year lifetime cap on Medicaid benefits but Washington delays decision. #HotelCalifornia
http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/385756-trump-officials-abruptly-pull-back-from-decision-on-medicaid-lifetime

States happy with Medicaid expansion? Ha! Arkansas seeks to roll back eligibility to 100% FPL and terminate retroactive coverage
http://newsok.com/article/5592243/arkansas-medicaid-holds-lessons-for-oklahoma-officials

Medicaid expansion drains state budgets without improving health outcomes for recipients.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/sallypipes/2018/04/30/states-cant-afford-medicaid-expansion-neither-can-patients/#c95a28279c0d

“expanding Medicaid eligibility is a costly mistake in the long run”
https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/virginia-senate-considers-medicaid-expansion

Medicaid expansion will eventually bankrupt Virginia and make Medicaid fraud even worse.
https://thereallyrealdeal.com/the-truth-about-medicaid-expansion/

Medicaid expansion provider tax proposed in Virginia is $300 million tax increase jacking up the cost of healthcare
http://www.jeffersonpolicyjournal.com/bacon-april-5-2018/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=virginias_latest_policy_news_from_jefferson_policy_journal&utm_term=2018-04-05

Medicaid expansion is not a ‘moral imperative’; “it is a legal action designed to plunder from taxpayers”
http://richmondfreepress.com/news/2018/apr/30/medicaid-expansion-designed-plunder-taxpayers/

Maine’s Governor still waiting for Medicaid expansionistas to show him full funding without tax hikes or taking from the state’s surplus fund.
https://bangordailynews.com/2018/04/30/politics/advocates-say-they-will-take-maine-medicaid-expansion-fight-to-court/

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis) –
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– legalize true catastrophic insurance
– return Medicaid to a poverty program

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

 

 

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Ruination, Thy Name is Northam

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Smooth-talking @GovernorVA unaware of stress tests showing effect on budget if Medicaid expansion blows up like in other states. He filibusters & falsely claims no state is reversing MedEx when Ark & Mass have asked to roll it back. (at 24:00) #LIAR
https://wtop.com/virginia/2018/04/virginia-gov-ralph-northan-joins-wtop-ask-governor-april-25/

Massachusetts and Arkansas trying to roll back Medicaid expansion from 138% to 100% FPL – have to ask Washington ‘pretty please’
https://www.rollcall.com/news/policy/medicaid-wont-look-next-year

Medicaid expansion supporters charged with felonies for forging signatures on petition to put expansion on November ballot. #TheScurrilousLeftWillTryAnything
https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900016265/two-charged-with-forging-signatures-on-medicaid-expansion-ballot-petition.html

“Medicaid Expansion Bill Stopped in Idaho” – would have slammed people with private insurance onto dysfunctional Medicaid
https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/medicaid-expansion-bill-stopped-in-idaho

#UnicornsAndRainbows report from Louisiana officials ignores fact people dropping Obamacare exchange coverage to enroll in Medicaid expansion, thus costing state subsidy dollars
http://thehayride.com/2018/04/jacobs-medicaid-expansion-drain-louisianas-economy/

If Medicaid expansion so great, why does this Ohio gubernatorial candidate want to end it?
http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180424/in-new-ad-mary-taylor-vows-to-end-kasichs-medicaid-expansion

Arizona Medicaid hits the wall, asks Washington pretty please if it can end retroactive coverage for recipients
http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20180416/NEWS/180419937

GAO: Medicaid improper payments, including fraud, spiked to $37 BILLION last year
https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/payer/medicaid-wasted-37b-improper-payments-gao

Comrades, this Obamacare turkey, #ItsNotWorking – so let’s ramp up the coercion with auto-enrollment
http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/385203-dem-proposes-testing-automatic-obamacare-enrollment

Obamacare victims, thy name is legion: “we lost the ability to see the doctors we want to see…. My wife and I ended up having to find new primary care physicians, and every specialist.”
http://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/384978-supreme-court-has-new-reason-to-dismantle-obamacare

Cost of satisfying the Obamacare Pepperoni Police: $5,000 annually per pizza place, as Trump admin poised to implement calorie count rule.
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/04/25/governments-war-on-pizza-looming-obamacare-menu-rule-has-restaurant-owners-worried.html

Obamacare call center contractor accused of $100 million wage theft. #ObamacareCaChingCaChing
http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/384471-obamacare-call-center-contractor-accused-of-wage-theft

Trump admin’s 4 new exemptions will save millions of people from Obamacare individual mandate penalty next year (one/no insurer, no abortion-free plan, no specialty care plan)
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/trump-saves-millions-of-working-class-families-from-obamacare-penalty

Push in states for reinsurance is latest example of how Obamacare has failed.
http://www.maciverinstitute.com/2018/04/news-and-views-reinsurance-plan-is-the-latest-example-of-how-obamacare-has-failed/

“Anthem sees increased profits after selling fewer ObamaCare plans”
https://www.teapartypatriots.org/?p=95061?mid=29093&id=T15OuHulZKxtwhqSTA

Despite the dazzling rhetoric about ‘bending the cost curve’, the bottom line on Obamacare is “healthcare costs are so absurdly high that millions of Americans are no longer going to see their doctors.”
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/obamacare-is-now-so-expensive-it-keeps-patients-away-from-their-doctors

The high cost of Obamacare: “the nationwide increase in premiums will cost the taxpayers $10 billion more in subsidies this year.”
http://mesquitelocalnews.com/2018/04/obamacare-costs-keep-soaring/

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis) –
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– legalize true catastrophic insurance
– return Medicaid to a poverty program

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

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Obamacare Will Drive You to Drink, Literally!

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Obamacare has increased risky drinking. We knew Obamacare was good for something, we just didn’t know what.
http://www.nber.org/papers/w24511

Obamacare prices to jump 34% for benchmark plans, sparking $10 billion jump in cost of subsidies. #ItsNotWorking
https://www.axios.com/cbo-expects-aca-premiums-to-jump-34-percent-46b819a2-cce2-437f-bc16-4936dc5ddee0.html

15 states had increases exceeding 40% for the lowest cost silver ACA plan. #ThankYouObamacareGeniusMasterminds
http://www.businessinsider.com/obamacare-premiums-2018-increase-by-state-2018-3

Cost of Coverage: The #ObamacareInflectionPoint – “a huge discontinuity between 2013 and 2014, when ObamaCare went into effect. The total leapt from less than $10,000 to more than $15,000”
tinyurl.com/y7h87g6q
+ https://aapsonline.org/aaps-news-april-2018-safe-kickbacks/

Obamacare enrollment dropped 400,000 from last year. #DeathSpiral
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-enrollment/u-s-obamacare-2018-exchange-enrollment-drops-3-percent-cms-idUSKCN1HA2JS

Latest budget bill applies Hyde Amendment to Obamacare; blocks federal ACA dollars from paying for abortions
http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/in-latest-clash-obamacare-blocked-from-further-funding-of-abortions

CMS doesn’t know how many people try to re-enroll in Obamacare outside of enrollment period after failing to pay their premiums
https://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-18-269

Ohio seeks waiver to end ACA individual mandate, not just zero out the penalty
http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20180403/TRANSFORMATION02/180409979/ohio-seeks-first-ever-individual-mandate-waiver

Iowa threads the needle with grand-fathered farm bureau plans, takes another brick out of Obamacare
http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/381338-iowa-law-seen-as-breakthrough-for-obamacare-foes

Labor Department rule will expand association health plans – escape hatch from Obamacare for small businesses
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/04/04/small-businesses-more-choices-association-health-plans-column/464059002/

New rules allow states to pick insurance plan essential benefits, expand ACA hardship exemption. More bricks torn out of Obamacare, hurray!
http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20180409/NEWS/180409913

New rules facilitate sale of ACA-noncompliant short-term plans, allow exemptions for counties down to one insurer or abortion-covering insurers
https://www.healthline.com/health-news/new-rules-will-limit-obamacare-enrollment#2

30 conservative leaders say replace Obamacare with block grants to states
http://galen.org/americans-need-health-reform-to-be-a-priority-issue-in-2018/

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis) –
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– legalize true catastrophic insurance
– return Medicaid to a poverty program

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

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Obamacare Genius Masterminds Were Wrong about Everything

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“We know what works,” Obama said. No, you don’t. And you were wrong about medical bankruptcies and electronic health records, too. #TheyWereWrongAboutEverything
http://newsok.com/article/5588856/washington-examiner-studies-blow-up-assumptions-about-obamacare

Medical problems cause 4% of bankruptcies, not half. Elizabeth Warren, you lied.
http://newsok.com/article/5588856/washington-examiner-studies-blow-up-assumptions-about-obamacare

“Obamacare program meant to save money cost government $384 million” (Accountable Care Organizations – ACOs) #TheyWereWrongAboutEverything
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/healthcare/obamacare-program-meant-to-save-money-cost-government-384-million

Hospital uncompensated care expense going UP not down in Medicaid expansion states
http://www.1clickdaily.com/JLFs-Katherine-Restrepo-Discusses-Problems-With-Medicaid-Expansion-318074.html

Court blows away Obamacare anti-conscience mandate, wipes out billions in fines for group of Catholic employers in HUGE victory over Obamacare
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/catholic-employers-win-permanent-injunction-against-obamacare-mandate-300620761.html

More people ‘going naked’, fed up with rising premiums and deductibles, shrinking networks. Thanks, Obamacare, you’re a big help.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-03-26/why-some-americans-are-risking-it-and-skipping-health-insurance

Obamacare’s fabled drop in the uninsured rate is starting to reverse
http://wunc.org/post/worry-about-plateau-obamacares-effects

Stupid Obamacare to cause more pain, rate hikes right before November elections
https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/obamacare-premiums-to-rise-before-midterm-elections

Iowa legislature passes bill to allow sale of noncompliant non-Obamacare plans, Guv eager to sign
https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2018/03/27/obamacare-aca-mandates-iowa-legislature-governor-kim-reynolds/462087002/

Does Obamacare still send a tingle up your leg?  You’re awfully quiet, lately.  Tired of defending the indefensible, are we? Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha !

Nice try, Brookings, but you failed to show Medicaid expansion not a financial disaster. Citing figures from before states even had to start paying anything is just lame.
http://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/380675-when-it-comes-to-the-evidence-obamacares-proponents-dont-have-a-leg-to

California has as many as 450,000 people enrolled in Medicaid expansion who are clearly ineligible or who might not be eligible, costing the state a billion dollars.  https://californiahealthline.org/news/thousands-mistakenly-enrolled-during-states-medicaid-expansion-feds-find/

Medicaid will grow so fast it will “crowd out virtually every other category of spending” within 10 years.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-are-states-so-strapped-for-cash-there-are-two-big-reasons-1522255521

Virginia finance secretary lies, claims Medicaid expansion needed to keep state’s AAA bond rating, but S&P says expansion not a factor.
http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/general-assembly/virginia-finance-secretary-doubts-state-can-protect-bond-rating-without/article_6994ff9d-1b4e-5e8e-aed6-2c802dfb3106.html

Kansas House turns back yet another attempt at Medicaid expansion.
http://www.cjonline.com/news/20180328/kansas-house-democrats-again-fail-to-introduce-medicaid-expansion

Medicaid expansion enrollment in West Virginia already almost double what was projected for 2020
https://www.healthinsurance.org/west-virginia-medicaid/

Maine Governor insists legislature show him $60 million in real budget savings before he will implement voter-approved Medicaid expansion
http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20180330/NEWS/180339984

Maine official excoriates booking phantom ‘savings’ from Medicaid expansion when the reality is cost overruns in expansion states.
http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20180330/NEWS/180339984

Deconstructing the Single Payer Narrative (tweets & analysis) –
http://www.liberato.us/single-payer.html

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– legalize true catastrophic insurance
– return Medicaid to a poverty program

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION!

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